Beppe Grillo

As Italy's election debacle thundered and Silvio Berlusconi unashamedly attempted to slither back into politics, a surprise
A by-election in the European constituency of Italy has been rocked by an incredible performance at the polls by a relatively
Grillo causes a big problem for polling companies. While mainstream candidates tend to end up close to predictions, new, populist, and radical parties often confound them.
The seemingly unstoppable political force that is billionaire mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who emerged from his latest political
For a pollster this election will be something of a litmus test. Will social media campaigning and support translate into actual votes? I think it will. He won't have the curtain bonus of stigmatised far-right parties and candidates, and inside the booth some voters might think again about voting for an unknown is too risky.
Berlusconi's People of Liberty party has taken a hammering, and so too has the corruption-tainted Northern League, which lost in all seven of the mayoral races in which it had candidates. All this represents another stake in the dark heart of Berlusconism and a shift leftwards, of which the traditional centre-left Democratic Party (PD) has been the primary beneficiary.
George Orwell wrote: "Every joke is a tiny revolution." He never had his one-liners rewritten by New Labour ministers, as